Formex Industries pledges R102 million investment boost for auto component manufacturing

Company is gearing itself for new projects that are planned for Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) and the expected localisation drive from other automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Eastern Cape-based Formex Industries has announced a new R102 million investment in the region. This follows a localisation drive by Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) and potential work from other automotive OEMs. The latest contract will enable Formex to manufacture more than 20 new automotive components that were previously made in Portugal.

The contract also enables Formex to purchase outright and upgrade a new facility in the automotive manufacturing hub of Struandale.

This graphic on the Formex Industries website gives you an idea of the components and products that the company manufactures, mainly for the automotive OEM industry

Not only will this enhance localisation (a priority for the South African auto sector) but it will also eliminate delivery delays and cost increases connected to importing components for locally-made VW vehicles.

The Port Elizabeth based metal forming and assembly company announced this latest R102 million investment commitment at the recent South Africa Investment Conference in Johannesburg. It comes on top of the R200 million already invested over the past four years.

The company said in a statement that it had secured a new contract with VWSA that will enable it to purchase outright a new facility in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, as well as to extend and upgrade it to bring it in line with international standards and equipment.

In the workshop Formex Industries has a Ficep Gemini high-definition plasma and oxyfuel cutting and drilling machine

“Formex will purchase one of the largest auto transfer presses in the country to boost capacity. The deal will also help us to create more local jobs than the 100 already created since 2018 and contribute more to the entire automotive supply chain,” it said.

The company added that this latest planned contract will enable it to manufacture more than 20 new automotive components that were previously made in Portugal. “Not only will this enhance localisation, but it will also cut out delivery delays and cost increases due to importing components for locally-made VW vehicles.”

Although VW is the OEM that enabled this investment, others have supported the need for this investment. “Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Faurecia, Purem and Toyota have supported Formex as a direct and indirect supplier of automotive components. Most of our customers will at some point in time also benefit from the new facility and equipment that will be purchased.”

The company said its employees, Deneb Investments Limited and social partners, including the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and the Automotive Investment Transformation Fund (AITF) have also contributed to its production capacity increase, through hard work, grants, incentives and funding.

For further details contact Formex Industries on TEL: 041 405 1500 or visit